Nazarenes in the News: May 11, 2012
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Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.   

Texas pastor receives Distinguished Service Award
Houston, Texas

(May 3) At the South Texas District Assembly, one of the current longest-serving Nazarene pastors was recognized.

Eddie Burnett has pastored at San Antonio West End Church of the Nazarene since 1962. Burnett served at one other church, Orlando Gorman Memorial Church of the Nazarene on the Central Florida District, just one year prior to becoming a pastor at San Antonio West End. He was ordained in 1964 on the South Texas District by General Superintendent S. George Coulter, who served from 1964-1980.

South Texas District Superintendent Duane Srader presented Burnett with a Distinguished Service Award. Eddie's wife, Margaret Burnett, stood by his side as she has for the past 52 years. (Pictured above)
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Youth group goes 30 hours without food

Richland, Washington

(KNDO 23, May 5) A youth group spent 30 hours without food and slept in cardboard boxes to bring awareness to child hunger.

Teens from the Church of the Nazarene in Richland took part in the national event called World Vision's 30 Hour Famine.

Saturday they also had a car wash at the Maverick gas station on Keene Road in Richland to raise money. Their Youth Pastor, Chris Desgroseillier, says the kids have grown a lot through the experience.

"Our students are really impacted by this. They care an awful lot and in this time just being able to see the compassion grow in their own lives and be able to be selfless," says Desgroseillier.

About eight thousand children die of hunger every day. The youth group hopes their actions draw attention to the issue.

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NNU students look to the future

Nampa, Idaho

(Idaho Press-Tribune, May 6) Midway through his college career at Northwest Nazarene University, Matt Stark realized he was headed down the wrong path.

It came to him while he was working as a counselor at a summer running camp. He was sitting around a campfire with his high school campers in a "good news circle"; they were talking about all the good things they were thankful for in the past week.

"I realized that a lot of the good things that happened to them, I had somehow influenced, I had been involved," Stark recalled. "I was helping them get pumped about running, pumped about being part of a team, pumped about being friends with each other. I thought, 'I love this. How can I do this forever? How can I make this my life?'"

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(Note: NCN News will publish the USA/Canada 2012 Commencement Report for Nazarene schools next week.)


Positive Impact: Volunteering inspires career based on caring
Coshocton, Ohio

(CoshoctonTribute.com, May 7) Volunteering at Higher Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center led Whitney Shrimplin to choose a career where she always can help people in need.

Shrimplin, a 2004 graduate of River View High School, began volunteering 10 years ago through FFA while she was a junior. After graduating, she went on to pursue a degree in middle childhood education math and sciences from Mount Vernon Nazarene and plans to get her master's degree to become an intervention specialist.

Shrimplin said volunteering for Higher Hopes influenced her decision.

At Higher Hopes, Shrimplin helps children and adults with developmental disabilities to interact with horses, and she prepares the horses for riding. Shrimplin also volunteers for the auction each December.

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Bikers take part in a parade and worship service
Roanake, Virginia

(WDBJ7.com, May 6) When you think about a gathering of bikers, you probably don't envision a church as the backdrop.

But, that's exactly what happened Sunday at the East Gate Church of the Nazarene in Roanoke. It was all part of “Biker Sunday”, an event for bikers to congregate and praise the Lord at the same time. Bikers took part in a parade and ended up at the church where they took part in a worship service.

For the rest of the story and a video, click here.


Citizens, teachers, students earn Integrity Awards
Muncie, Indiana

(TheStarPress.com, May 6) The Committee for Integrity Enhancement 20th Awards Ceremony was April 23 in the Northside Middle School auditorium.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Mary Dollison, co-founder of Motivate Our Minds (MOMs) and winner of many awards including Sagamore of the Wabash, and The Star Press Person of the Year, as well as a past winner of the Personal Integrity Award.

This year's Personal Integrity Award winners were Pastor Jim Ballinger, Harris Chapel Nazarene Church; Ken Briner, a retiree from Muncie Power Products; and Tony Rolli, Disaster Relief and Secret Families.

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